For a unique and fun day of shopping and dining be sure to visit 250-year old Faneuil Hall Marketplace, located in the most historic district in Boston. Set up on 6.5 acres, Faneuil Hall Marketplace draws an astounding 18-million plus visitors each year.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace History
In 1742, the original Faneuil Hall, referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty,” was built as a meeting hall that hosted several of Boston’s historic speeches by notables such as Samuel Adams, James Otis, and other Patriots in favor of independence from Great Britain. Built by artist John Smibert, it included an open ground floor used to house African sheep brought from the northwestern region of New Hampshire, as well as an upper assembly room. Funding for the Hall was provided by Peter Faneuil, a wealthy Boston merchant. Unfortunately, the Hall burned down in 1761 but was rebuilt in 1762. In 1806, many additions were done by Charles Bulfinch, and in 1898, the Hall was rebuilt of non-combustible materials. On October 9, 1960, the Hall was cited as a National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is also part of Boston National Historic Park and is a stop on the Boston Freedom Trail. The Hall eventually became part of a much larger marketplace, Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
The Marketplace – A Festival-Like Atmosphere
Whether you’re a visitor or local resident, you’re bound to find lots to do and enjoy:
- 49 owner-operated shops and 44 pushcarts where you’re bound to find one-of-a-kind gifts and specialty items, from jewelry to apparel and accessories to shoes to gift ware and more.
- 14 full-service restaurants and pubs – most of which offer outdoor cafe-style dining. Well-known eateries include Cheers, Ned Devine’s Irish Pub, McCormick & Schmick’s, and Plaza III Steakhouse.
- 35 food stalls lining the indoor Quincy Marketplace Colonnade where you’ll find a wide variety of fresh food and beverages from around the world. The building includes a central Upper and Lower Rotunda where you can relax and enjoy your meal or refreshment. Be sure not to miss the Upper Rotunda where you will find a photographic exhibit illustrating the Marketplace’s history, as well as some old market signs.
- A popular comedy nightclub.
During the warmer months, the Marketplace is especially full of energy with lots of outdoor entertainment including world-class jugglers, musicians, artists, clowns, mimes, acrobats, and storytellers. Special events such as Harborfest and the Street Performer’s Festival are also favorites in the Marketplace.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is bordered by Boston’s financial district, the waterfront, the North End (“Little Italy”), Government Center, and the Haymarket. It is accessible via subway, commuter rail, specific busses, and just two subway stops from Logan Airport. Hours of operation vary: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sundays, noon – 6:00 PM. Restaurants and pubs offer late evening hours and the Colonnade offers extended hours.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Intersection of Congress and North Streets